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The National

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Matt Berninger and The National make some of the best ‘stuck in your head, in and out of love, train wreck’ music I’ve ever heard. And I should know, as I have basically mastered the same subject. The lyrics and music have the raw vulnerability of a still open wound, not yet clean. But if you don’t feel like getting too deep with it, their songs can just be a great melody, a hook and a moody soundtrack for a summer night’s ride.

From the Boxer LP:

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The National – Green Gloves

The National – Apartment Story

The National – Start A War

From the Alligator LP:

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The National – Baby We’ll Be Fine

The National – Daughters of the Soho Riots

The National – Karen

From the Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers LP:

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The National – Cardinal Song

The National – 90 Mile Water Wall

The National – Lucky You

And seeing as both Bryce and Aaron Dessner are members of The National as well as pseudo-curators of the excellent Dark Was the Night charity compilation out earlier this year, here’s their contribution to that effort as both audio and visual delights (via Pitchfork.tv):

The National – So Far Around the Bend

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Earth Day

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Today is Earth Day, the one day a year elementary school kids are made to show their “green-ness” through poster competitions. You can show your support for Mother Earth in whatever way you please now that you’ve surpassed a 4th grade education. Maybe ride a bike, sing with the birds, or actually throw something in your recycling bin? To help get you in the mood, I’ve put together a little playlist of bands/songs who’s titles at least are directly inspired by all things natural. And if you’re interested in making every day Earth Day, Mr. Father Earth himself, Robert Redford, tells you how… Making Every Day Earth Day (Huffington Post)

Above art by Josh Keyes

Antsy Pants – Tree Hugger [from the Juno Soundtrack]

Mary Wells – We’ll Sing in the Sunshine

Blossom Dearie – They Say It’s Spring [from the Blossom Dearie LP]

Animal Collective – In the Flowers [from the Merriweather Post Pavilion LP]

Destroyer – Blue Flower/Blue Flame [from the Trouble in Dreams LP]

Beach House – Apple Orchard [from the Beach House LP]

The Shins – Red Rabbits [from the Wincing the Night Away LP]

Cat Power – Silver Stallion [from the Jukebox LP]

The Rolling Stones – Wild Horses [from the Sticky Fingers LP]

Grizzly Bear – Deep Blue Sea [from the Dark Was the Night Comp]

Iron & Wine – The Sea and the Rhythm [from The Sea and the Rythm EP]

Band of Horses – The Great Salt Lake [from the Everything All the Time LP]

Bon Iver – Woods [from the Blood Bank EP]

The Beach Boys – The Surfer Moon [from the Surfer Girl LP]

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Object/Song: 8

141373751_5361bac629Conor Oberst & Gillian Welch – Lua [from the Dark Was the Night Comp]

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Phrom Philly

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So I’m in Philly now… It’s been a hectic week but I’m about settled in. Blog updates should be more regular from now on. Thought I’d drop some funky sounds on you for my first ‘from Philly’ post… enjoy.

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – Inspiration Information [from the Dark was the Night LP]

Stevie Wonder – Don’t You Worry Bout a Thing [from the Innervisions LP]

TV on the Radio – Golden Age [from the Dear Science LP]

A Tribe Called Quest – Like It Like That [from The Love Movement LP]

Sebastian Tellier – Kilometer (A Trak remix)

DJ/Rupture – Mirage: Quest Brooklyn Anthem [from the Uproot LP]

T Rex – Lean Woman Blues [from the Electric Warrior LP]

Spoon – The Underdog [from the Ga Ga Ga Ga LP]

Derrick Harriott – Let Me Down Easy [from the Jonny Greenwood is the Controller LP]

And check out this old Petula Clark video… old school dope.

Don’t sleep in the subway Dan!

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good deeds

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There’s two pretty excellent charity comps out recently. Dark Was the Night (A Red Hot Compilation) amassed quite a collection of exclusives tracks by the likes of Grizzly Bear, The Arcade Fire, Yeasayer, Spoon, Feist, Bon Iver, Cat Power, Sharon Jones, The National, etc. Sales benefit the Red Hot Organization which is a charity dedicated to raising money and awareness for HIV and AIDS. The Album is being released by 4AD.

Grizzly Bear & Feist – Service Bell

Spoon – Well-Alright

Yeasayer – Tightrope

The second comp is a bit more interesting. The War Child Organization asked some of the most revered artist in the last centure of music to pick one of their classics and a current band to cover it. Some of the resulting pairings are inspired:

Bruce Springsteen’s Atlantic City – The Hold Steady

David Bowie’s Heroes – TV on the Radio

Stevie Wonder’s Superstition – Estelle

The Ramones’ Sheena is a Punk Rocker – The Yeah Yeah Yeahs

The proceeds from this album go to work with children affected by war in Iraq, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda and is being released by EMI.

Both are worthy causes for you to drop some cash on and get some great music in return. Just a thought.

Full track listings and album art here… Continue reading

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